Communication, Communication and more Communication Skills!

In a recent survey completed by Bloomberg Business week, a group of over 1300 corporate recruiters shared the top skills they look for when evaluating candidates for a position within their firm.  Over 50% of the recruiters cited COMMUNICATION SKILLS as being the number one skill they look for in a candidate.  This particular skill is particularly important as one recruiter noted that it is “nearly impossible” to learn this skill on the job.  Other key skills noted were analytical thinking, ability to work collaboratively, strategic thinking, motivation/drive and leadership skills.   Most of these valued skills are soft skills however they can be the “game breakers” in a candidate being selected especially when a recruiter is trying to decide between two top candidates.  A candidate should not discount the importance of gaining experience or training in the soft skills area as these skills can be a huge contributor to one’s career selection and success.